I just realized that this episode, where Lenny takes pride in being a lone wolf, first aired in 1976 - how can that be??
However, the topic of aging has recently come up, and with that, labels - as in being called middle-aged, or senior citizen, or the worst, elderly. I thought middle-aged was bad until I read about someone being referred to as elderly - and they were in their fifties! As a 54-year-old who does not feel middle-aged, much less ELDERLY, that hit a little too close to home for me. You might think I'm exaggerating, but this was the title and description of video that was making the rounds online recently:
Elderly Ladies Line Up To Sing And Dance.For once and for all, come on people - 55 is not elderly! While the song and dance was cute, the title and description were way too patronizing for me, which is why I'm not linking the video - no hits for you!
While most senior citizens would stick with gardening and feeding the ducks or whatever is considered fun when you turn 55, these ladies set out to make a song about how awesome they are.
As I've grown older, I've felt more and more that I'm not any particular age - well, except for the "I'm fifty and I can do what I want" but that's more of an attitude, I suppose - and a freeing one to have, I must admit. While I appreciate each birthday, I don't think "oh, now I'm XX, I should be (or shouldn't be) doing this." I'm 54, but I don't feel 54, if that makes sense. I don't know how a 54-year-old is supposed to feel, or act, so I'm just continuing to do my thing; it seems to be working for me.
A better article about women of my age range was this one, where we were referred to as perennials, and I have to say, that's a label that I can get behind. Because what is a perennial, but something that blooms year after year, steadily returning with new growth and life? I love this so much, and I think I'm finally able to attach a label to myself - I'm a perennial, people!
(picture from Sunset.com)
I daresay that most of my readers are probably in the same non-middle-aged, non-elderly boat as me...and if you're not, it'll be on you before you realize and trust me, you are not going to appreciate those terms being applied to you. We've got a label, my friends, and it's a good one. Let's make being a perennial mainstream.